Russell Hillenburg, Co-Founder and President of Modular Plant Solutions, Honored as Gold Stevie® Award Winner in 2023 American Business Awards®

May 1, 2023

Named Best Entrepreneur, Chemicals for Designing Small-Scale Methanol Plant, MeOH-To-Go® 

HOUSTON– May 1, 2023Russell Hillenburg, co-founder and president of Modular Plant Solutions (MPS), was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award as Best Entrepreneur, Chemicals category in the 21st Annual American Business Awards® today.

For the last several years, Hillenburg and his team at MPS have been working to bring their flagship product, MeOH-To-Go®, to market, which they formally introduced in September 2021. MeOH-To-Go® is a small-scale, modularized methanol plant that produces AA grade methanol for immediate market utilization from natural gas from a variety of grey sources, including pipeline, stranded and flared, as well as various compositions of syngas derived from newly developed green or blue sources. The plant also allows for a variety of front-end feedstock options and technology processes, as well as back-end add-on technology processes, including Gasoline-To-Go® that produces high quality gasoline.

“This Gold Stevie Award represents the collective efforts of the MPS team in bringing our idea of small-scale modularization to life,” said Hillenburg. “I’m proud of our accomplishments and look forward to seeing future MeOH-To-Go® and Gasoline-To-Go® plants come to fruition.”

Designed with the patent-pending idea that the process modules ship as an ISO-1496/CSC-certified container, MeOH-To-Go® plant modules can be produced in several areas of the world and transported by truck, ship or rail to remote locations. Not only was Russell instrumental in the original design of the plant, but he also spearheaded the patent process (U.S. Patent 20210372116), published in Dec. 2021, which is awaiting final approval.

The American Business Awards are the U.S.A.’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, large and small. Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Tuesday, June 13.

Organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry submitted over 3,700 nominations to the American Business Awards this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. More than 230 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

“It is very gratifying for us to be able to recognize the achievements of such a wide variety of organizations, teams, and individuals in the 21st ABAs, and we look forward to bringing them together in New York on June 13 to celebrate with them,” said Maggie Miller, president of the Stevie Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2023 Stevie winners are available at

About Modular Plant Solutions

Modular Plant Solutions (MPS) is a global engineering firm specializing in process modularization and project implementation based in Friendswood, Texas, outside Houston. The company’s patent-pending modularized structural system is designed for customers seeking cost-effective, easily transportable, scalable solutions for plant design — that can be shipped and assembled anywhere in the world. The company’s flagship product, MeOH-To-Go® (Methanol-To-Go®), enables users to produce their own methanol output from various natural gas sources and/or syngas. Customers can also customize inputs and outputs of MeOH-To-Go® depending on what they have or need with a variety of front-end and back-end technology and process options. MPS’ highly skilled team has nearly 550 years’ combined experience in construction, engineering, fabrication and operations, and brings hands-on experience to deliver best-in-class plant solutions. Find out more at and on LinkedIn.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in eight programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards®, The International Business Awards®, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 12,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 70 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

Sponsors of the 2023 American Business Awards include HCL America, Melissa Sones Consulting, and SoftPro.